GUWAHATI, Sept 25 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today reviewed the functioning of the Mines and Minerals Department at his conference room at Janata Bhawan.
He directed the department to be more visible and make its presence felt among the masses so that people could be aware about the ambit of the department�s works, an official release said.
He also issued instructions to the department to conduct public hearings within next 15 days for using limestone mines in Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong districts. He stressed the need for finding the issues concerning the local communities in Dima Hasao for not allowing their lands to be used for mining.
Stating that the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) trusts must work properly in carrying out development works in mine-affected areas as mandated by Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act 2015, Sonowal asked the department to give a presentation with pictures about such activities in the next meeting.